Editing Essay

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Research Paper

Goal: To present a critical analysis on a topic of interest in sensation and perception research. This will be an overview paper reporting the major components of some topic of current (from 2005 to the present) research in the field of sensation or perception. Ideas for topics might include, but are by no means limited to the following:

• Neuroscience and brain imaging (e.g., CT, fMRI, PET, EEG) • Vision and visual acuity • Agnosia • Functions of the thalamus in S & P • Function of the lateral geniculate nucleus • Function of the medial geniculate nucleus • Object Perception • Signal detection theory • Audition and auditory problems • Autism and S and P • Language perception • Color vision • Gender
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In a critical analysis, the point of the paper is to integrate a number of works by different researchers relevant to a specific topic or issue. In many ways, it combines and extends the type of writing contained in reports and reviews. Like a report you must accurately present the positions of others and like a critical analysis your evaluation of that body of research and/or theory is critical.
A critical analysis usually begins with an opening paragraph which presents the problem or topic in general terms. The opening should lead the reader to a clear thesis statement which is often the final sentence in the opening paragraph. The thesis statement should indicate what you intend to show, prove or discuss in the paper. You must interpret the research/theory rather than simply report it. Interpretation means that you must explain how a particular finding or method is relevant to your thesis statement. Everything contained in a critical analysis should help you justify your thesis (Allegheny College Department of Psychology, 2004).[1]


The paper should include a title page, a review of the literature (the introduction), a conclusion based upon that literature (the discussion) and a reference section which should be written in strict APA format.
Common Errors in Psychology Papers

I. Grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors a. use spell check! b. proofread your paper for obvious

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